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Hi all! I'm a Southern girl whose bad habits & diet are starting to take their toll on my health. I'm only 30, and I want to be around for many, many more years. So I'm making a commitment to start improving my health now while my body is still able to easily repair and heal itself.

Risk factors for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are a reality in my family. I am currently watching an aunt with type 1 diabetes suffer and waste away while dealing with huge medical bills and too many meds to take per day. I don't want that for my life, and I don't want to be a burden (financially or otherwise) on my family. My fiance and I will not be able to consider having children until about 7.5 years or so from now. That would make me nearly 38. With later pregnancies increasing the risk of breast cancer and other issues, I want to be in the best health possible if we do decide to have children.

My hope with SparkPeople is to reach out to others who are trying to make positive changes in their lifestyles. it will probably be easier and more fun meeting other like-minded individuals along the way. So here I am! If you're serious about taking charge of your health like I am and you keep your focus on the positive side of things, I hope we'll get to meet and become friends!

If you'd like a glimpse into my mind, feel free to check out my personal health journal:

Member Since: 10/25/2013

Fitness Minutes: 9,887

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to lose weight, not necessarily because of looks but to improve my health. I have 62.5 lbs to lose, and I'd like to do it by May of 2014!

I have not been diagnosed with any chronic illnesses yet, but feel that I am at least in the pre-diabetes range and feel that I likely have high cholesterol (though my blood pressure isn't particularly high). I want to move myself safely out of any pre-chronic-illness ranges so that I don't have to live a life where I'm bound to medications and chemical treatments just to mimic a healthy state.

My Program:
I am doing 6 main things to reach these goals. First, I have begun a semi-nutritarian lifestyle. I juice monthly and am focused on reducing the animal products I take in while increasing the high-nutrient veggies and low-sugar fruits I consume.

2. I exercise for an hour at least 4 days per week. 2 days are high-impact cardio (speed-walking via the treadmill) and the other 2 days are strength training and Pilates infused with cardio.

3. I have learned that my body operates best on 9.5 hours of sleep. So I have begun focusing on making sure I get at least 9 hours of sleep each night.

4. I have mostly removed sodas, alcohol, caffeinated teas and sugary juices from my diet. I will enjoy a soda occasionally if I'm out and about with friends, but I drink water, V8, oat-based protein shakes or my juiced veggies exclusively at home.

I am trying not to focus on weight as a number. That causes you to get too caught up in the wrong thing. Instead, I am focusing

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    Thank you for stopping by my blog and posting your comment. I don't really like when clothes look "frumpy" on me either but you're right... it's a good way to measure your success. Also I saw that you are trying Proactive for your skin. I have not used Proactive but I was wondering if you have tried all natural homemade soaps. A friend of mine makes them and even though I don't have "issues" with my skin I've seen a difference in that it is not as oily. I can tell when I haven't washed my face with the soap because my face then does get oily. Anyways, just a suggestion. Good luck and thanks again for the nice comment.
    2402 days ago
    Thanks for the good luck wishes for the gym. I'm ready!

    Hope you've had a great weekend!
    2402 days ago
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    and we wonder why life is so difficult.
    Things happen that leave us feeling as though we
    have little control over our circumstances.
    This is a time to remember that hope is a gift we can give to

    When we choose this attitude and tap into our inner
    reserves, we are rewarded with the knowledge of
    what we have learned in life.
    The decision to look forward, stay positive,
    and remain hopeful is a key that unlocks the door
    to possibilities, and, when shared,returns to renew the spirit.

    This is a message I want to share,
    Just to show you how much I care.

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    Lots of ((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))) & Smiles

    2403 days ago
    I've never been to our Y, but I bet ours is really nice too. I always wanted to join the Y, but yeah, pricey.

    It's cool that you're gonna take swimming lessons too, yay!

    Hope you're having a great Saturday!
    2403 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    Welcome to our team as one of the new co-leaders..If you have any questions or need any help of any kind , do not hesitate to ask, as I am here to help you in any way I can.
    Have a great day!!!
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    2406 days ago
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